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Q and A With Seth Rogen

The actor and producer talks to us about his new film 50/50, cancer, and who he'd choose for a roommate if he were stuck in the hospital for six months.
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I don't know; I don't think so. One school of thought I sometimes subscribe to is the less funny something is, the more of a feat it is to make something funny out of it. I don't think every movie needs to be about something miserable and heavy, but I do think that's a very interesting creative endeavor. When I look at 50/50 I'm really proud of that aspect of it. It's about something very serious, and we don't shy away from it in any way, but at the same time we provide a movie that really makes you laugh really, really hard at times.

You often play lovable if loutish boy-men. How close are these guys to the real Seth Rogen?

You tell me! They don't feel like me. I mean, socio-economically they're all so different from me, I don't really relate to them…

Do you have a hero from the worlds of acting, comedy or otherwise?

I wouldn't be able to narrow it down to one person. That would be too hard. I have many heroes. But who has inspired me? Trey Parker and Matt Stone consistently do incredibly funny stuff. And if there's anyone I get incredibly jealous of, it's them.

Is a daily dose of laughter the key to good health?

I laugh a lot. And I feel relatively healthy. Not sure I look like it…

What is your best health habit? Your worst?

My "best health habit"? Oh, man, this interview is making me realize how unhealthy I am! [laughs] I try to exercise somewhat regularly. I drink a lot of water. I don't drink sugary beverages.

During your Green Hornet [2011] days you dropped 30 lbs for the role. Was it difficult to do, and have you maintained the weight loss?

Let's say I've found a happy middle ground. OK! I'm not eating as well as I used to! Now you're making me feel bad! I feel like I'm talking to my grandmother!

What's your relationship with exercise now?

I use an elliptical machine, because I hate running. I hate exercising. So I have to do it in ways that I'm tricking myself that I'm not doing it. Anything I can do in front of a television or while playing a video game automatically works better for me. Anything that requires me leaving my house also is not good.

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